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Pesticides Implicated in Infertility

Human fertility is declining, and recent studies suggest conventional food may be a significant contributor to this disturbing trend, seen in both men and women. Pesticides have repeatedly been implicated in worsening fertility, and one of the most recent studies adds further support to this hypothesis. The study,1,2 ....

More Proof Heartburn Products Are Dangerous

Heartburn is a common condition and estimated to affect nearly 60 million Americans at least once a month.1 The pain is often described as sharp and burning, sometimes behind the breastbone and other times moving around the neck or throat. A Norwegian research team2 reported the incidence of people who experienced acid ....

Will Inclusion of Hydroponics Be the Death Knell of Organic Standards?

Before we discuss the recent tragic news about the organic certification standards, it is important to understand that most hydroponically grown food is vastly inferior to food grown in a healthy soil, where the fungi and microbes can optimize the plant in a way that is simply impossible to do in a hydroponic environment. You see, the basis of organic food production starts with improvi ....

GMO Golden Rice Is Fake News Propaganda

In 2000, genetically engineered (GE) Golden Rice made the cover of Time magazine, which used the compelling headline, “This rice could save a million kids a year.”1 In theory, it sounded like a promising idea: Create rice that contains beta-carotene, which would then be converted into vitamin A when eaten. Vitamin A deficiency is a public health pr ....

Straws Suck, Join No Straw November

In the scheme of your daily life, the straw you used for your iced tea at lunch probably doesn’t get much airtime. You might even have to think for a moment to remember how many straws you’ve used in the last few days. Straws are sneaky like that, because anytime you order a drink in a restaurant, or take one to-go, there’s a good chance you’ll receive a straw to go along with it ....

Vitamin K2 — A Crucial Ingredient for Heart and Bone Health

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that is well-known for its role in blood clotting. However, there are two different kinds of vitamin K,1 each providing its own set of health benefits. Vitamin K1 is primarily responsible for blood clotting whereas vitamin K2 works synergistically with calcium, magnesium and vitamin D to impart a number of important health ....

How to Grow Lavender

Cultivated and prized worldwide, lavender is a slow-growing perennial that tops out around 3 feet, characterized by short, slightly crooked stems. It’s narrow bluish-greenish leaves are offset by brightly colored barrel-shaped flowers. Valued as a pollinator, as well as for its hardiness and drought resistance, lavender is commonly found in flowers beds, gardens, highway medians and ....

Ashwagandha Helps Hormones — Aids Arthritis

Known as a multipurpose herb and “rejuvenator,” aka Rasayana, and used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, ashwagandha is a plant native to India with a host of bioactive functions. It’s also one supplement that I take twice daily myself. A number of studies have shown this exotic herb can treat several diseases and disorders better than medications, and without a ....

Harvard Says This Is the Ultimate Meal Plan

It stands to reason that if different foods offer unique nutrients to heal your body and maintain (or regain) health, it might be a good idea to change up your meals to include as many beneficial vitamins and minerals as possible if you're not doing so already. Including as many types of nutrients in your overall daily meal plan has a fringe benefit: A little variety in your life re ....

Alternative Treatments Effective for Depression

Nearly 7 percent of U.S adults suffered from a depressive episode in the past year1 while, worldwide, 350 million people suffer from depression, making it a leading cause of disability.2 Despite this, only about one-third of Americans with depression get treated,3 which puts the remaining tw ....

How Iodine Deficiency Increases Your Risk for Chronic Illnesses

Iodine is essential to your health. Unfortunately, data collected by the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey has revealed a significant drop in median urine iodine values.1 The median iodine level measured in urine samples was 320 micrograms per liter (mcg/L) between 1971 and 1974. By 1988, it dropped to 145 mcg/L. Surveys taken in ....

Laboratory Testing Reveals Substantial Amounts of Glyphosate in Foods and Population

As food has become increasingly adulterated, contaminated and genetically engineered, the need for laboratory testing has exponentially grown. John Fagan, president of Health Research Institute Labs (HRI Labs), is an expert in this area. As explained by Fagan, HRI Labs "makes the invisible, visible, giving you the ability to see what is in your food and your environment." Fagan studie ....

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte: Make This Fall Favorite at Home

The distinct sweet smell and flavor of pumpkin spice can give us a warm fuzzy feeling during the holidays. What better way to enjoy this spice that we’ve associated with comfort than by adding it to a hot drink? If you’re one of those people who absolutely love fall, there is a high chance that you’ve sipped a soothing mug of pumpkin spice latte. However, if you take a closer ....

Is Most Back Pain Caused by Repressed Emotions?

Back pain is perhaps one of the most common health complaints across the globe. Worldwide, 1 in 10 people suffers from lower back pain, and it's the No. 1 cause of job disability. In the U.S., a whopping $90 billion is spent on back pain each year.1 Tragically, back pain is also a leading cause of opioid use, which now kills more Americans than car crash ....

Discover Why Ashwagandha Can Be Used for Stress and Anxiety

Ashwagandha, also known as winter cherry or Indian ginseng, is a popular herb in Ayurvedic medicine. It literally translates to "odor of horse" because of the distinct smell it emits, which is similar to horse sweat. Some accounts also say that it was named as such because it gives you the endurance and strength of a horse. In Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha herb is classified as "Ra ....

How Natural Textile Dyes May Protect Health and Promote Environmental Sustainability

Most people never give a thought to how a piece of clothing was given its color. Unfortunately, if you don’t, you could unknowingly expose yourself to hazardous chemicals on a daily basis. Fabric dyes are also a significant environmental concern, contributing to pollution — oftentimes in poorer countries with lax regulations on toxic chemicals to begin with.Rebecca Burgess, author of “Harves ....

Chicken Meat Linked to Drug-Resistant UTI Epidemic

In the 2013 report "Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States" issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 18 superbugs were identified as "urgent, serious and concerning threats" to humankind.1  The majority of these dangerous bacteria are in the gram-negative category, as they are equipped with body armor that makes them particularly resistant to the immune respo ....

The Danger of Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea

Lack of sleep and poor quality of sleep have been linked not only to absentmindedness and accidents, but also to serious health risks such as Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. More than ever, Americans are sleeping less and suffering because of it. Of the many reasons you may be sleep deprived, one of the most dangerous is sleep apnea.If you are among the 22 ....